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Wildernest Road closure and detour scheduled for May

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT

The Wildernest Road Bridge, between Stephens Way and South Adams Ave., will be closed for about 14 days during mid- and late-May in order for crews to complete needed maintenance and resurfacing work. The construction timeframe is tentative and could change depending on weather.

A full roadway closure will be necessary for the duration of the project. During the closure, detour signage will direct motorists to the recommended alternate route. Stephens Way will remain open during the project, as will the segment of the Blue River Trail north of the bridge; however, periodic trail closures may occur.

The Wildernest Bridge was built in 1982 and is in need of repairs and maintenance. Crews will replace the existing bridge deck with a new surface. Existing cracks and damaged areas allow for the seepage of salt and chemical-laden snowmelt, creating a corrosive environment for the bridge’s structural rebar, potentially reducing its lifespan. The new deck will prevent infiltration of moisture to the bridge’s structural components and will improve the surface and ride condition.

This is one of many projects that the Town of Silverthorne has scheduled through an asset-management plan that charts the town’s needs over a 10-year period. Although this project will cause some inconvenience to drivers, making repairs now will prevent potentially costlier future fixes with longer closures and will ensure that the bridge remains serviceable for many years to come.

The Silverthorne Public Works Department respectfully asks for motorist cooperation to ensure roadway and construction safety during this project. Questions about this project can be directed to Dan Gietzen, town engineer, at (970) 262-7354 or dgietzen@silverthorne.org.


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